YouTuber Disparu exposed Amazon Studios and Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power “Superfan” influencer reaction videos that the company intended to use to hype up the show.
Beginning his video, Disparu states, “I collected all of the different ‘fan’ reactions I could find, and as I’m watching them I’m like, ‘Hang on. I’ve seen these before.’ And I don’t mean the Lord of the Rings bit. I mean the entire thing.”
He adds, “They are all identical. I don’t just mean edited the same. I mean even down to the people in them.”
Next, Disparu brings up four different “Superfan” reaction videos from the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, and Italy.
He explains, “We’re gonna watch them all at the same time and they’re all timed together. I didn’t do anything to these. I just cut them up at the same time. They’re all the same length and this is how they show them. The only difference is the UK one has the little squish footage for the shorts. There was another one like this, but I will get into that one later because that’s a bit of a unique case.”
As he begins to play the trailers, Disparu asserts, “I’m pretty sure they watched this trailer more than once and they were definitely told to do different things. It going to get a little bit weird.”
Seconds in to the reactions, the individuals shown across the different reactions videos all of a sudden have their cellphones out when they previously didn’t.
Disparu comments, “Notice how before no one had anything. It was all, ‘Oh no we’re really subdued, paying attention to the trailer.’ And then just a few seconds later, out come the phones. Look, there’s no way on earth that the audience was all really paying attention and then just all at the same time decided to get out their phones and start staring around at everything else.”
He adds, “So it is like they told at one point, ‘No, we want you to go through and we want you to do this really somber and impressive and make sure you’re all paying attention to it. And then in the next one we all want you really hyped all the way through. And then on the third, if you can go through and all watch it through your phone that’ll be cool.”
As he progresses through the the trailers and all of the shots line up, Disparu declares, “None of this is legitimate. None of this is a normal reaction as they’re setting this up. They’ve definitely seen the castle and they’re not amazed by it.
“It’s completely and utterly fake. Scripted and set up,” he adds.
At one point he focuses on a woman who has completely diverted her attention away from the trailer they are allegedly watching saying, “Everybody else interested in the trailer, she doesn’t give a damn. She’s turned around completely ignoring the trailer, looking at her phone behind her.”
Disparu continues, “And do you know what she’s doing? Can you see if I zoom in on her little phone over here? She’s actually filming behind her. She’s not even filming the screen. She’s turned her camera and her own face away from the trailer. The special trailer that she’s been shipped out to go and watch. Doesn’t care in the least.”
“The sheer level of disrespect to get shipped out on a paid holiday to specifically got and watch a single minute of footage and even during that minute you just turn around and completely ignore it. Gold. Absolute gold,” he states.
He concluded his analysis of the trailers stating, “I don’t know how you get a trailer that looks identical that close all of the time unless everything is scripted, repeated, and directed as if everything was filmed specifically to look the same to fit into it so that all of them were identical even though they had different people in.”
“When you even stop at the same places, stop at the same door, to gawk at through the door without anyone even deciding to walk through it like a door’s for. Seems a little bit sus to me,” he concluded.
What do you make of the fact that these trailers were so identical? Do you believe it was all staged and their reactions were all fake?